How do I get to $600k a year in the next decade?

Jun 22, 2019 41 Comments

Not saying it’s necessarily possible - I just want to know how I’d even approach it as a problem

I know I’d have to leave Amazon, maybe join Jane Street or Google and be promoted aggressively - but what’s the path?

I make $150k tc and I feel depressed because I feel like there’s no path to social/class mobility for me.


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  • Google / Eng
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    Friend of mine has a "side business" that pulls over 400k a year, so you can too. Requires working on weekends and being acutely aware of the needs of married/divorced 30-40 year old females. Gotta be tall and athletic too.
    Jun 22, 2019 3
    • Tableau BlAk00
      Lol. He’s saying his friend is a gigolo.
      Jun 23, 2019
    • Facebook FSYS26
      He means an escort. You’re thinking of a gigabyte
      Jun 24, 2019
  • Facebook AyyoLeMayo
    600k isn’t gonna get u any class mobility fyi
    Jun 22, 2019 10
    • Google / Eng modi_56
      I assume this is Bay area?
      Jun 23, 2019
    • Amazon citaoff
      For the record I don’t intend on moving west. Either NYC or Boston for me
      Jun 23, 2019
  • join Albertsons
    Jun 22, 2019 0
  • Spend less on blind
    That’s a good start imho
    Jun 22, 2019 0
  • Lam Research gurubhai
    It’s ridiculous how some guys here think 600 K TC is not good enough in Bay Area.. Jesus
    Jun 23, 2019 0
  • Google / Eng findingout
    You are in amazon already, aren’t you in the best company with best comp yet?
    Jun 22, 2019 2
    • Amazon citaoff
      ? I don’t appreciate the sarcasm
      Jun 22, 2019
    • Nutanix 1adja134
      It’s not sarcasm if you’re bezos
      Jul 10, 2019
  • Amazon BooHoo10
    600K still puts you in the 1% of US earners. It’s a darn good income where you can have class mobility. It just takes time. At year 4 or 5 and beyond you’ll feel a lot more wealthier then at year 1 of that income level. That is assuming your saving and growing your wealth :).
    Jun 23, 2019 0
  • Microsoft /More/$$$$
    Start your own company.
    Jun 22, 2019 0
  • Google S6swE
    You'll need to get into L7 range to pull that. Very few ppl can get that
    Jun 22, 2019 0
  • What is your YOE and location? Type of job and educational background?

    150k TC at Amazon seems low for a dev unless you’re a fairly new grad.
    Jun 23, 2019 2
    • Amazon citaoff
      I’m a new grad I joined late last year
      Jun 23, 2019
    • So right now, optimize for learning and growth if you want 600k in 10 years.

      Learn as much as you can about everything. Different languages, tools, architecture, optimization, whatever. From JavaScript to Rust to Dev Ops.

      Make some projects to solidify your knowledge; also contribute to open source in your spare time.

      After 2-3 years, you may want to go to another FANG, as well. Or at least switch teams within Amazon to gain exposure to another area.
      Jun 23, 2019


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